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European parliament set to call for break-up of Google in antitrust case

Submitted by: Hologram @ 10:35 AM | Saturday, November 22, 2014 | (url: http://www.thegua...)



The European parliament is reportedly poised to call for a break-up of Google in a drastic escalation of Europes long-running antitrust case against the tech giant.

A draft motion seen by the Financial Times, and expected to be agreed next week, calls for the unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services as a potential solution to Googles dominance of the search market in Europe.

The European Commission has been investigating concerns that Google has abused its dominant position in search since 2010 and the dispute has become increasingly bitter. In September the EUs incoming digital commissioner Gnther Oettinger warned that any settlement with Google could cement its strength in the market rather than diluting it.

German, French and Spanish politicians have attacked the company over a variety of issues including revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and right to be forgotten legislation that allows people to delete information from search results.